Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Quarter-Cut Baby Quilt Tutorial

The baby quilt I made for the Etno Blog Tour was so quick and fun, I thought a tutorial was in order. Enjoy!

Quarter-Cut Baby Quilt Top Tutorial
finished quilt measures 40" square

Supplies Needed for Quilt Top:
9 coordinating prints - fat quarters are perfect

1. From each fat quarter, cut as shown in diagram.

2. Half of your 2.5”x8.5” rectangles will be used as the center contrasting strip in other blocks.

3. Sew blocks together as shown below (from left to right):
           1 – 2.5”x8.5” rectangle
           1 contrasting 2.5”x8.5” rectangle
           1 – 4.5”x8.5” rectangle that matches the first piece on the left

Repeat to make 24 more blocks, each of which will measure 8.5" unfinished. (You will have enough fabric pieces cut to make 27 blocks, leaving plenty to mix and match until you're happy with fabric pairing in your blocks.)

4. Piece blocks into 5 rows of 5 blocks each, alternating block placement as shown in diagram below.

5. Press seams according to your preference - all seams open, or alternating rows to nest your seams. Sew your 5 rows together, and your quilt top is done!

***If after quilting you'd like to round your quilt corners, find a household object with a generous diameter - 10" to 12". I happened to use a Frisbee this time, but have also used a mixing bowl or dinner plate. No need to be high-tech here! Just line the edges of your 'template' up with the edges of the quilt and mark the corner curve. Trim the corner and it's time to bind! I recommend using bias binding so those rounded corners come out nice and smooth.

See how easy that was?! And fat-quarter friendly even!
click here for pdf tutorial

I hope you enjoy giving this baby quilt a go! If you do, be sure and share. Use hashtag #quartercutquilt on Instagram or add to the Quilting with A Quilter's Table flickr group


  1. Thanks! I love it! I send some pics as soon as I get her done.

  2. so cute! I did something similar with a layer cake a while back. and I already told you I love your rounded corners!

  3. Thanks! It's adorable and doable in a pinch. Think I'll try one in a sports theme after the next baby boy is born.

  4. Love it...thanks for sharing! I have this design in mind for a line coming out :)

  5. I'm thinking a layer cake version of this quilt just popped into my head. Thanks for the inspiration.

  6. Thank you so much for sharing with us.

  7. Thanks for sharing, Debbie! I have a new grandson due very soon and this would make a fabulous tummy-time quilt!

  8. Such an adorable baby quilt.... love the fabrics!

  9. Reminiscent of your postcards quilts! That is a very pretty fabric range, perfect for a baby of either gender!

  10. Why not make the rectangles 3 by 10.5 and 5.5 by 10.5? That way you'd get a larger quilt out of your fat quarters.

  11. Oh, this is great! I think this might solve a problem of a charity quilt I need to work on!

  12. Thanks so much for this great tutorial! Love the quilt.

  13. Thank you so much for the tutorial! I've wanted to try a "slice" quilt for a while now, and no other fat quarter patterns were peaking my interest. I'm going to start this one this week (larger sized) for a 10th anniversary gift.